Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately. I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.
Ted Talk That’s Got Me Thinking
Quit Social Media with Dr Cal Newport. Now, I haven’t been thinking about quitting social media entirely but I do have to say I’m thinking about staying off of Twitter for awhile and greatly decreasing my scrolling through Instagram. I joined both for books, authors, and connecting with other bookish people which has been great but lately Twitter has become constant politics and arguments…and that’s from authors and other book people who are mainly all I follow. I’m tired of it and I’ve unfollowed some favorite authors because I’ve just had enough of the complaining in my feed. I think Instagram has steered clear of this for the most part and my main issue with it is just the tons of time I spend scrolling through looking at other’s cool book pics and reviews. Plus the stories! There’s so much good stuff to see on IG BUT I think I need to take that scrolling time and put it towards more reading. I’d love to hear your thoughts and how YOU manage your social media time, especially Instagram. This TED talk gives me much to consider
Book I’m Enjoying
The Nowhere Man by Greg Hurwitz. This is the second book in the Orphan X series which follows Evan Smoak, assassin raised and trained by a secret government agency which he broke away from and who consequently wants him dead. What I love about this series is that along with the suspense of Evan being hunted, he is also a hunter, going after and eliminating very bad poeple (think child molesters, human traffickers, etc). The writing is superb and since I was in the mood for suspense and action, I’m getting plenty! No fluffy descriptive setting details here. I would recommend starting with Orphan X though so you’ll get Evan’s full story
Article (and website) I Found Really Interesting…and Hopeful for Blogs!
Do You Still Read Blogs? by Tsh Oxenreider on The Art of Simple blog. I’ve been a little worried lately that some of my favorite bloggers have forsaken their blogs for quicker book snippets and “reviews” on Instagram so I was happy to read this article and the many comments following it that says yes people are still reading blogs. I completely agree with her take on blogs being like sitting down for coffee with a friend verses social media platforms feeling like being in a large crowd of people. (Can You tell I’ve been thinking about social media this week?!) I still read and enjoy blogs that’s for sure, I’d love to hear what you think about this as well!
Goodreads Reviewer and Blogger I Really Enjoy
Larry H (on Goodreads) and from the blog It’s Either Sadness or Euphoria . Larry reads a crazy amount of books and always has thoughtful, insightful reviews. I especially like his well placed use of Gifs! Sometimes a Gif does say it all
Quote that Resonates With Me Recently
“True Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”- Ed Cunningham
Have a great weekend!